Ever see a small dark bird bouncing on rocks then diving into the water in the Truckee? Most likely you’ve spied an American Dipper called by some a water ouzel. Dippers are quick to disappear on their dives and can reappear elsewhere in the stream with amazing speed.
Today we took a walk along the river at Idlewild Park and were happy to spend some time watching a dipper doing its bouncing dance along the rocks (and ice) in the river. Dippers have been known to nest under bridges in downtown Reno. They are commonly seen also at Mayberry Park. They can be found year round, but easier to see, I think, in the winter. Here is a short video showing their typical behavior.